Ireland’s Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon TD, has announced details of over £5.2 million in funding for the Irish community in Britain during a visit to London today. In 2018, grants have been made to 108 organisations in Britain in support of a range of projects through the Government’s Emigrant Support Programme (ESP), which is operated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Minister said:“I am pleased to announce the Government’s contribution via the Emigrant Support Programme to over 100 organisations in Britain, which support both our emigrants and the broader Irish community. The diverse range of projects funded reflect the Government’s continued commitment to these organisations, in particular those which provide frontline advisory services and community care to those in greatest need of support.
“They offer invaluable assistance to our emigrants, especially the most vulnerable, through advice and welfare programmes combating loneliness, homelessness, addiction and mental health issues.
“In 2018, for the first time, dedicated funding was provided to collaborative projects, which brought together a range of organisations to address a particular need. In addition, grants have been made to Irish cultural and sporting organisations, as well as business networks.
“It is my hope that this funding will assist in the promotion of a vibrant and active Irish community in Britain, whose contribution the Government values highly, and who have an important role to play in the challenging period ahead.”